A Self Care Christmas Day 24: Only Connect!

Well, tomorrow’s the Big Day: it’s finally here after all the shopping, decorating, cleaning, running about and visiting. Too late to do anything else now, the Event will happen whether I’m ready or not. And I think I am ready. I think I am going to celebrate Christmas this year in a quieter fashion than before, more aware of the space I need to be … Continue reading A Self Care Christmas Day 24: Only Connect!

A Self Care Christmas Day 23: Give Yourself the Gift of Time

There are two days left until Christmas. If you’re anything like me, these two days pass in an overwhelming cloud of lists and lists of things to do, people to see, food to shop for, gifts to finish off… Just yesterday my Husband looked at me and said, “It’s only one day. Why do you drive yourself like this?” To be honest, I’ve cut back … Continue reading A Self Care Christmas Day 23: Give Yourself the Gift of Time

A Self Care Christmas Day 22: Plan a Pamper Session with your Best Friend

pamper ˈpampə/ verb indulge with every attention, comfort, and kindness; spoil. Today a pamper party is taken as a meeting of (usually) women in the home or at a spa and with the avowed intent of having a range of beauty treatments or therapies to leave them feeling perfectly spoiled. I’ve written before of the hyggely benefits of a pamper evening, and I’m all in … Continue reading A Self Care Christmas Day 22: Plan a Pamper Session with your Best Friend

A Self Care Christmas Day 21: Recording Memories Can be as Easy as 1, 2, 3

Do you keep a journal? I mean a diary where you write down thoughts and emotions? A record of events and more? Research shows that journalling can boost mood, health and more. It frees up expression, lets you vent emotions without fear of comeback, unless the source of you annoyances gets a look, and it lets you unburden your mind freely. I don’t know about … Continue reading A Self Care Christmas Day 21: Recording Memories Can be as Easy as 1, 2, 3

A Self Care Christmas Day 20: What’s the Best Way to Spread Christmas Cheer?

Do I need to tell you how good it feels to sing? Like, really sing as if nobody is looking at you? Stick on a track, pump up the volume and go for it? Singing is good for your health, mentally and physically. It boost those pesky feel-good hormones, pumps up your heart, makes you smile, makes you more mentally alert, boosts your immune system… … Continue reading A Self Care Christmas Day 20: What’s the Best Way to Spread Christmas Cheer?

A Self Care Christmas Day 19: Indulge in some Seasonal Bibliotherapy

Bibliotherapy is the use of selected texts and excerpts to lift the mood. I never realised until recently that you can actually get training in it, like, be a qualified bibliotherapist. I thought that just came automatically with being a worker in a bookshop. I think we all have our go-to texts that lift our moods and keep us from falling too low. I know … Continue reading A Self Care Christmas Day 19: Indulge in some Seasonal Bibliotherapy

A Self Care Christmas Day 18: Decorate Your House for Optimal Health

Healthy and Christmas treats don’t usually appear in the same sentence, do they? My self care Christmas today is to use your brain and think before you just buy and stick out the usual suspects. That box of Roses chocolates or Cadbury’s Heroes may look enticing, but really? Do you need to eat them all the way through December? Do you still want to be … Continue reading A Self Care Christmas Day 18: Decorate Your House for Optimal Health

A Self Care Christmas Day 17: Sleep that knits up the ravelled sleeve of care.

I hope there are no superstitious actors amongst my readers… otherwise the title will need to be changed. I was reminded this last weekend of the power of a decent night’s sleep in keeping a person happy, well and fully functional. My two youngest children both developed a bad cold and cough while I was away in Durham, and the only advice I could give … Continue reading A Self Care Christmas Day 17: Sleep that knits up the ravelled sleeve of care.